Students should learn about labor history

I applaud State Sens. Martin Looney and Gary Holder-Winfield for spearheading their chamber's recent passage of legislation (SB 220) that would facilitate the instruction of labor history in our public schools. This bill would enlighten students about organized labor's struggle to create workers' rights and build America's middle class.

Labor history is the story of how men and women fought for a vast array of rights and protections, from banning child labor and establishing a minimum wage to enacting safer working conditions and protection against workplace discrimination.

Our students, the next generation of workers, deserve the opportunity to learn how ordinary people made extraordinary sacrifices to achieve those rights and protections so America could realize its promise of opportunity for all. I urge House Speaker Sharkey and his colleagues in the House of Representatives to act favorably on this bill.

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